Monthly Archives: May 2008

Top 106 unread books on LibraryThing

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I picked this meme up from Writing Grandma’s Book. Below are the top 106 books tagged “unread” in Librarything. I am so not in the loop with other book bloggers, because LibraryThing takes most of my online time, so I am not tagging anyone. I do read other book blogs, but I rarely comment, so I am sure anyone I pick would not know who I am, or be here to read it! Anyone who wants to join in, please do, and let me know!

The rules:Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and strike through books you hated. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your tbr list.

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell

* Anna Karenina

Crime and Punishment—but in high school, and I don’t remember much; I liked it, though

Catch-22

One hundred years of solitude

Wuthering Heights

The Silmarillion

Life of Pi: a novel

The Name of the Rose

Don Quixote

Moby Dick

Ulysses

Madame Bovary

The Odyssey—read parts for different classes

* Pride and Prejudice

Jane Eyre–I tried to read this when I was about 13, and I just didn’t get it; I might get back to it one of these days to try again

A Tale of Two Cities—I started reading this in earnest the night before it was due in high school, and got about 250 pages in; I meant to get back to it, but never did

The Brothers Karamazov—I read about half of this last year, and then just lost interest; maybe it was just a slumpish time, though

Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies

War and Peace — I read the first 600 pages earlier this year and then started reading other things; I am planning on getting back to it soon, though—I really was enjoying it!

Vanity Fair—technically I have started this one, but only like 30 pages, so I am not counting it

The Time Traveller’s Wife

The Iliad

Emma

The Blind Assassin

The Kite Runner

Mrs. Dalloway

Great Expectations

American Gods

A heartbreaking work of staggering genius

Atlas shrugged

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Memoirs of a Geisha

Middlesex

Quicksilver

Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West

The Canterbury tales

The Historian

A portrait of the artist as a young man

Love in the time of cholera

Brave new world

The Fountainhead

Foucault’s Pendulum

Middlemarch

Frankenstein

The Count of Monte Cristo

Dracula

A clockwork orange

Anansi Boys

The Once and Future King

The Grapes of Wrath

The Poisonwood Bible

1984

Angels & Demons—I have no interest whatsoever in this one

The Inferno

The Satanic Verses

Sense and sensibility

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Mansfield Park

One flew over the cuckoo’s nest

To the Lighthouse

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Oliver Twist

Gulliver’s Travels

Les misérables

The Corrections

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

* Dune

The Prince

The Sound and the Fury

Angela’s Ashes

The God of Small Things

A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present

Cryptonomicon—no interest in this one, either, although I do like Stephenson; I prefer his science fiction

Neverwhere

A confederacy of dunces

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Dubliners

The unbearable lightness of being

Beloved

Slaughterhouse-five–I think

The Scarlet Letter—I read just enough of this to convince my high school English teacher I read the whole thing; after hearing it discussed on NPR’s In Character segment, I am thinking about trying again, though

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

The mists of Avalon

Oryx and Crake : a novel

Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed

Cloud Atlas

The Confusion

Lolita

Persuasion

Northanger Abbey

The Catcher in the Rye

On the Road

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Freakonomics

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The Aeneid

Watership Down

Gravity’s Rainbow

The Hobbit—I loved The Lord of the Rings, but I just couldn’t bring myself to care about this book

In Cold Blood

White teeth

Treasure Island

David Copperfield

The Three Musketeers

Interesting, if not terribly useful. I am not updating my TBR list based on this exercise (No more adding to the list! Take a deep breath and step away from the bookstore, Susan…), but it is fun to see how my reading compares to what others are reading, or planning to read.